When my parents came to visit over the Thanksgiving holiday, we discussed the long and expensive path I took that ended with a degree in elementary education. You see, my high school guidance counselor encouraged me to go into another area of study instead of teaching since teaching jobs in Michigan were difficult to come by at the time. Thus I ended up majoring in physical therapy at a college known for its medical-related programs. Two years into the program, I realized that this just wasn’t for me. (Organic chemistry courses helped me come to this realization.) So I went back to my first choice—teaching. Then I changed schools. By the time I actually graduated, I had amassed a huge number of college credits. (I often joke that, with one more semester, I would also be qualified to conduct an orchestra, lead an archeological expedition, and perform brain surgery—all in addition to being an early childhood educator.)
Did your path to teaching have a few bumps in it? If you’re studying to be a teacher right now, has it been a smooth journey? Or is your path similar to mine?
All the best!